25 March 2018

Lara Croft Never Disappoints

If you know me, you'll know that I am a big fan of the Tomb Raider raider franchise. I have always loved the Tomb Raider series since I was a kid, both the games and then the iconic Angelina Jolie film series. In the last couple of years we have had some insanely good Tomb Raider games releases, so when my little fangirl heart heard that there was going to be a new Tomb Raider movie, I had super high hopes. But as always, Miss Lara Croft did not disappoint.

Thanks to ever lovely Suzanne and the staff over at the Odeon in Fort Kinnaird, I got the chance to pop along and see the movie last weekend. I have been dying to see it ever since seeing the first trailer, and I had high expectations of what it would be like. From what I could tell in the trailer, the movie looked to be based on the self titled game Tomb Raider, that was released in 2013 as a reboot of Lara Croft origin story. I was a little late in getting this game, I think I got it back in 2016, but in my opinion it was the best of the Tomb Raider series, thanks to its enhanced storyline and graphics. I will argue until I'm blue in the face that this is one of the best video games on the market. So naturally, I was expecting a lot from this movie.

Before heading along to the film, Robyn and I popped into Chiquito for dinnner. I've reviewed Chiquito here on my blog before, so if you want to check that out you can read that here. Once again, we opted for the street food menu and got three dishes each. I got the crispy chicken tacos, the chicken, chorizo and sweetcorn quesadilla bites and of course, the halloumi bites. The tacos were absolutely delicious, I loved the crisps shell combined with the soft, tender chicken on the inside. Personally, I love that combination of soft and crunchy in the same bite, and the sour cream on top gave it a lovely little added kick. I like the quesadilla bites, but for my taste, they were a bit too wet. I love a tortilla wrap but I would have preferred a little less salsa, so that it didn't drip out and make the tortilla break! As always, the halloumi bites were the star of the show for me, they were absolutely perfect. Soft but a little chewy, with a crispy coating, and that jalepeno jelly that came with it, wow.

For dessert, I got the same one that I got last time, the golden nugget cheesecake, which was a vanilla and honeycomb cheesecake, served with chocolate sauce and fresh strawberry pieces. As you know, cheesecake is my favourite dessert so it's probably no surprise that I absolutely loved this one. The vanilla cheesecake was delicious, but the little nuggets of honeycomb were a nice little crunch, and I loved that being in with the cold cheesecake made them a little softer, and more chewy.

After dinner it was time to the cinema, which was located conveniently only a few doors down. This little trip was my first time at an Odeon cinema, so I was quite interested to see what it was like. When we first walked inside, I immediately liked what I saw. The foyer was large and open, and it was bright lit. A lot of the cinemas I have been to are quite dimly lit when you go inside, and while it doesn't really bother me, it is still quite nice to have the open, bright and are a feel about the place, especially if you were planning to sit an have a coffee or snack whilst you wait for your showing!

The cinema has 7 screens, and is all located on one level, which I quite liked as it means everything is nice and close together and accessible, but it doesn't feel crowded or tightly packed, which is nice.

The first thing I noticed right away from when I sat down in the screen we were in, was how comfortable the seating was. The seats felt larger, softer and more cosy than some of the cinema screens, which made for a more comfortable and enjoyable viewing.

I won't give away spoilers in case any of you are going to go and see it! If you have played the Tomb Raider or Tomb Raider Definitive Edition then you're going to already know 90% of the storyline anyway, but what I will say is that the movie does throw in a few little twists and turns that keep you n your toes, and that weren't in the game. Alicia Vikander is absolutely perfect as Lara Croft, in my opinion they got the actress spot on. She looks like Lara, and pulls off the same sarcastic wit and kickass moves, she even manages to sound like the 2013 game Lara which I thought was brilliant.

One of the reasons that I love this film, and just the Tomb Raider franchise in general, is the way they portray the charatcer. They stay true to the iconic Lara style and characteristics, they don't try to oversexualise her or her outfits becasue she's female, or make her main storyline revolve around a man or a love interest.

She's simply Lara, kicking ass and being awesome. I think that's pretty iconic.

Personally I think this movie is 100% worth a watch. I loved it so much, particularly how well they stuck to the original concept of the game. Movies based on video games can be great, but don't often stick rigidly to one game's story, like Assassin's Creed for example, which was amazing but didn't really follow one game's storyline, just aspects of the game.

Tomb Raider was the opposite. It followed the narrative of one game in particular, and even has little easter eggs in the movie from the games that really strike a chord with the game nerds like myself, which was nice. It also set itself up nicely for a sequel, with subtle nods to the game's sequel, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, which made me fangirl just a little bit. I absolutely loved this movie, it was definitely one the best films I have seen in a long time, and has made its way into my top 5 films of all time.

Are you a Tomb Raider fan? Do you want to see the film? What films have you been loving recently?

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